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Federated Search: Growing Your Own Tools (OPLIN)

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Libraries spend a considerable amount of money each year on subscriptions to proprietary databases of online information. The most efficient way to access these expensive resources is through a …

Libraries spend a considerable amount of money each year on subscriptions to proprietary databases of online information. The most efficient way to access these expensive resources is through a federated search tool, but due to a lack of speed and difficulty of use, some third party federated search products can leave both patrons and library staff dissatisfied. Solomon describes how OPLIN undertook the development of a federated search tool that is “Google-like” in nature and provides accurate results with fast response times. She shares the process used to create a unique tool that combines both open source and proprietary components that has resulted in significant increases in both searches and documents retrieved.

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    • 1. Federated Search: Growing Your Own Tools Laura Solomon Library Services Manager Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) [email_address] @laurasolomon
    • 2. Google's patented PigeonRank™
    • 3. databases
    • 4. databases
    • 5. databases = Ohio Web Library
    • 6. A need for federated searching
    • 7.  
    • 8. Federated search since 2004
    • 9. Ohio public librarians dissatisfied
    • 10. First steps
    • 11.  
    • 12.  
    • 13. Pazpar2
      • Record merging
      • Relevance ranking
      • Record sorting
      • Faceted results
    • 14. First feedback
    • 15. Fitting the pieces together
    • 16. Still need a piece!
    • 17. Launch date set
    • 18. Making it user-friendly http://www.bugbash.net/comic/7.html
    • 19. We added:
      • Stripping entries for problem characters
      • Specific search categories
      • A “searching” progress bar
      • Spell check
    • 20. All the pieces:
      • (Customized) pazpar2 engine
      • OpenTranslators
      • Yahoo spellchecker API
      • EZProxy
      • Custom page design
      • Custom scripting
    • 21. Results
    • 22. Never done
    • 23. http:// www.ohioweblibrary.org
    • 24.  
    • 25. Questions?
      • Laura Solomon
      • Library Services Manager
      • Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)
      • [email_address]
      • www.ohioweblibrary.org